Life is a series of peaks and valleys. And sometimes the
valleys feel mighty low. They pale in comparison to our
It is easy to begin feeling low if we enter a slump. If you’re
used to making a certain income, then suddenly sales are
slow – the first thing we reach for are the reasons why this
It’s tax time.
It’s the economy.
It’s the immigrants.
It’s the price of gas.
And so on.
Yet, all of the above are NOT the reason for a slump because
there are others going through the same conditions who are
producing great results.
Now, there are and will always be ‘contributing factors’ to a slump –
but the biggest factors for the slump are as follows:
a. Unwillingness to change, experiment, try new ways of doing the
same thing – but get better results
b. Too much time telling “your story” of why things aren’t going well
instead of getting off your rumpus and doing something to shake
If you start paying attention, you’ll be amazed at how much time and
energy people invest in telling their negative ‘woe is me’ story. During
the same amount of time the person spends telling and retelling his
story – he could be doing something to make things better – but that
would mean that the story is no longer true – so it’s better to keep
But it’s not.
When times are tough, when you’re in a slump – you break out of it
by imagining the circumstances you want – then DOING whatever it
takes to create those circumstances. The only talking you do during
this time is positive self-suggestion. You can start with a phrase like,
“Tough times never last – tough people do – and I’m tough as nails.”
Or you can say to yourself, “I feel like I’m in a rut right now – but
I CAN do something about it. And I’m GOING to do something about it.
I am bigger than this problem and I’m rising above it.”
Repeat these thoughts to yourself with enthusiasm – and watch how
things start to open up for you.
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